How come a question can not have an upvote but the answer to that question can have a good upvote?

For example see my question:


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    What if a bad question has a negative score? Then must all its answers also have negative scores? It's possible to have a good answer to a bad question. – Future Security Sep 8 at 15:12
  • @FutureSecurity actually I asked this question to find a relation between upvote and downvote of question and answer that can help me in fether Q&A. – R1w Sep 8 at 15:17
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    You'll find that occasionally the relationship between the question and answer has nothing whatsoever to do with the question and answer. Trust me. – Paul Uszak Sep 11 at 22:38
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    Since this meta-question is still trending, there is another example that has appeared coincidentally - – Paul Uszak Sep 18 at 11:20
up vote 7 down vote accepted

First, let's see what the help text to the button says:

Upvote text

I suppose most people thought that a bit of research would have shown that the answer is "obviously" no to the question.

Additionally there may be a "herd effect" going on where people see that the question has no upvotes and thus think twice before upvoting whereas they are more easily "tempted" to upvote if somebody else upvoted beforehand, maybe because they implicitely assume that that other individual has already done the "hard work" of deciding that the question is "good".

Now let's look at the text for the answer upvote button:

Answer upvote

Additionally to the above-mentioned "herd-effect" applying again here, the criterion is weaker. Is the answer useful? Yes because

  • It was accepted, meaning it was helpful / useful to the asker, meaning it did its job
  • It is short, concise and answers the asked question to the point and some people may have learned a few things about machine-learning so it was useful for them.

Additionally (a minor point though), the answer "bashes" the current trend-technology that is "machine-learning / AI", that in some groups has a similar status to blockchain as "overhyped technology" by calling it "glorified gradient descent" giving it sympathy points for members of these groups.

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